Activity Introduction

Alien life has been discovered on the planet Rhombulon. You, a brave space biologist (person who studies animals in space), have been sent to capture the first images of these strange creatures, made entirely of regular shapes!

Safety advice: Keep safe with scissors. Ask for help if you need it and never run with scissors in your hand.

Some kids will be able to work on this activity with minimal support.

Ideal for: Lower and Middle Primary Ages 5 – 9

Themes:

  • be creative

Time required: 30 minutes (activities should be 15-40 mins depending on age bracket)

Curriculum connections: Mathematics, Visual Arts, Critical and Creative Thinking

Tips for Parents and Carers

This is a great opportunity to test your kid’s sight recognition and understanding of shapes.

Ask questions such as:

  • What is this shape?
  • How many sides or edges does a (shape) have? Please remember: Circles have one side. A shape can’t have zero sides!
  • How many corners does a (shape) have?
  • Advanced (Year 3): What is the 3D version of this shape called?
  • Advanced: Can you think of any shapes that have (5, 6, 7) sides? Do you know what they are called?
  • Advanced: Shapes like squares are called regular shapes. But you can also have an irregular shape, which are shapes that don’t have a common name.

Make sure your child is using their ruler to create straight lines. This will test their fine motor skills and they may become frustrated. Close enough is good enough, so long as they’re trying and not just free-handing the shapes.

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Curriculum codes:

Resources Required

  • Coloured pencils and pens
  • Coloured paper (can be scraps)
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • White paper

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Worksheets

Student Worksheet

Shape Alien/Robot - Activity Instructions

Alien life has been discovered on the planet Rhombulon. You, a brave space biologist (person who studies animals in space), have been sent to capture the first images of these strange creatures, made entirely of regular shapes!

Step 1. You are going to create an alien or robot by cutting shapes out of coloured paper and gluing them to the white paper. Make sure you’re cutting out shapes even for the nose, eyes, ears, hair and teeth.

Your creature doesn’t have to have two legs and two arms like a human! Its body and head can be any shape you like.

Try to use:

  • A circle
  • A diamond
  • An oval
  • A rectangle
  • A semi-circle
  • A square
  • A triangle

Step 2. Draw a space-y background, or create a shape-home for your creation. Then glue the shapes onto their background.

Taking It Further

Explore more uncommon shapes such as hexagons and octagons, and create a more advanced Rhombulon life form. 

There are also three different types of triang

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